Jennie Lin


Jennie Lin is a Legal Editor in estate planning at Nolo. She writes for and other sites in the Nolo Network and edits a variety of Nolo books. 

Legal career. Previously, Jennie was an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP in New York, where she worked in several practice areas before settling into international arbitration. She has also interned at a state attorney general's office, the Housing Law Clinic at the Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, MA, and the Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services

Education. Jennie holds a BA from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

Writing career. Jennie has also worked as a writer/editor for the last decade. She has written for companies and publications including Yahoo!, Kimpton Hotels, The New York Times, and She is thrilled to be working at Nolo in a rare position that allows her to utilize her expertise in both law and writing on a daily basis. She finds it especially rewarding to work in estate planning—an area of law that is applicable to pretty much everyone—and to help make the legal system just a touch more approachable.

Articles By Jennie Lin

Inheritance Tax
Only six (soon to be five) states still impose an inheritance tax.
Hawaii Estate Tax
If you leave behind more than $5.49 million, your estate might owe Hawaii estate tax.
Maryland Estate Tax
If you leave behind more than $5 million, your estate might owe Maryland estate tax.
Washington Estate Tax
If you leave behind more than $2.193 million when you die, your estate might owe Washington estate tax.
State Estate Taxes
Even an estate that doesn't owe a federal death tax might still owe a state death tax.
Maine Estate Tax
If you leave behind more than $5.87 million, your estate might owe Maine estate tax.
529 Plans for Estate Planning: Avoiding the Estate Tax
If you're worried about estate or inheritance taxes, consider the 529 account, which can be a useful estate planning tool.
Tennessee Inheritance (Estate) Tax: Repealed
Tennessee used to impose its own estate tax, but that the tax ended in 2015.
How to Get Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Funeral Costs
If you lost someone to COVID-19, you might be able to get help with the funeral expenses. FEMA is offering up to $9,000 per funeral to those who qualify.
Naming a Non-Spouse Beneficiary for Retirement Accounts
Here are some considerations when naming someone besides a spouse as a beneficiary to your qualified plan or IRA.